O glorious Saint Joseph, I take thee this day as my advocate and defender, my counselor and my friend. Open thy heart to me as thou didst open thy home to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need. Protect my holy priesthood as thou didst protect the life of the Infant Christ threatened by cruel Herod. In darkness bring me light; in weakness, strength; and in fear the peace that passeth understanding. For the sake of the tender love that bound thee to the Virgin Mary and to the Infant Christ, be thou for me, Saint Joseph, a constant intercessor and a shield against every danger of body, mind, and soul so that, in spite of my weaknesses and sins, my priesthood may bring glory to Christ and serve to increase the beauty of holiness in His bride the Church. Amen.